The Buffalo Bills had to slog through the snow in overtime. Things got tense in Jacksonville between the Jaguars and Seahawks. The Green Bay Packers needed extra time to overcome their somnambulant tendencies against the winless Cleveland Browns. And the Eagles kept winning to cap an eventful Week 14.
The scene in Orchard Park, N.Y., was snowy, with the lake having its full effect.
The Bills moved to 7-6 and kept their playoff hopes alive with a 13-7 victory over Indianapolis, winning on LeSean McCoy’s 21-yard walk-off touchdown run.
In a game far from the snow, the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Seattle Seahawks, 30-24. The game ended in chaos, with penalty flags flying and two Seahawks players getting ejected. One of those players, Quinton Jefferson, nearly climbed into the stands on his way to the locker room as fans rained bottles and jeers down on the defensive end.
Green Bay pushed to 7-6, staying alive in the playoffs and with a 27-21 overtime victory over the winless Cleveland Browns, with the return of Aaron Rodgers a real possibility next weekend.
The Packers won for the second straight week on a walk-off TD in OT, with Davante Adams scoring on a 25-yard screen pass that took him into the tunnel and off the field. He may still be running.
The Browns, meanwhile, have not won since Chrismas Eve 2016. Notable for them, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon scored his first touchdown in nearly four years.
In one of the day’s most anticipated games, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 43-35, but may have lost their MVP quarterback, Carson Wentz, in the course of the win. Wentz went down with a knee injury in third quarter, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the team is worried the QB has torn his left ACL. Nick Foles finished the game under center and went 6 for 10 for 42 yards. With or without Wentz, the Eagles have clinched a playoff berth with their victory.
Like the Packers, Detroit kept its playoff hopes alive, moving to 7-6 with a 24-21 victory over Tampa Bay. The Cowboys and the Chargers both moved to 7-6 as well. Dallas stomped the Giants, 30-10, despite the return of Eli Manning under center. Los Angeles routed the Redskins, 30-13. Atlanta already won Thursday and moved to 8-5. And the Panthers beat Minnesota, 31-24, to move to 9-4.
On Sunday night, the streaking Steelers played the surging Ravens, who had won their last three games in a row. Pittsburgh won, 39-38, but it was an another ugly game overall for the Steelers. After taking a 20-14 lead into half, Pittsburgh was outscored 17-0. The Steelers recovered enough in the fourth quarter to sneak away with the win, which will probably leave more questions for those in Baltimore than in Pittsburgh.
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Three players are notable for their absence this week: the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski was suspended for one game for his hit on Tre’Davious White; the Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster was suspended one game for his hit on Vontaze Burfict; and Marcus Peters was suspended for one game by the Chiefs.
‘We’re just surviving’: The Redskins survey the offensive line carnage. (Read more.)
Forward progress: The latest step for Aaron Rodgers? Looking impressive with the scout team. The next step? A CT scan to determine if his collarbone has healed enough to allow him to play again this year. (Read more.)
‘He knows how much I love him’: Tom Brady apologizes to Josh McDaniels after last week’s sideline outburst. (Read more.)
A message for Jerry: The NFL owners sent Cowboys owner Jerry Jones a message with their contract extension for Roger Goodell. (Read more.)
No mistake by the lake this time: The Browns chose Hue Jackson over their front office and it actually made sense. (Read more.)
On the agenda: The NFL will consider a college-style targeting rule for next season. (Read more.)
A Moon denial: Ex-NFL star Warren Moon denies sexual harassment claims. (Read more.)
Looking ahead: Who are the top-rated free agents for 2018? (Read more.)
Key inactive players:
Brice Butler (foot)
Orlando Scandrick (back)
Eli Apple (hip, back)
Ameer Abdullah (neck)
Nick Perry (foot, shoulder)
Tyrod Taylor (knee)
Zack Ertz (concussion)
Robert Woods (shoulder)
Jordan Reed (foot)
Fantasy football advice
Week 14 Cheat Sheet: The choicest advice from around the internet. (Read more.)
Best/worst matchups: Not to alarm you, but now is not the time to make a wrong move. We’re here to help. (Read more)
Five moves you must make for Week 14: Add Aaron Rodgers to your roster. Stat. (Read more)
Week 14 Start/Sit: Doug Baldwin belongs on the bench. (Read more.)
The Fantasy Football Beat: Is it crazy to bench Russell Wilson? (Listen)
The top trends and insights from Las Vegas. (Read more.)